Education reform: Kentucky’s ‘most urgent priority’

“By almost any measure, children in Kentucky are  in an educational crisis and that crisis is most profound for black children,” writes new Black Alliance for Educational Options state director Mendell Grinter in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader. Certainly, the Bluegrass Institute’s analysis of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) indicates that, as Grinter puts it:…

Consequences of failing to pass telecom reform during the ’14 session already showing

Thanks to the fear mongering of left-wing politicians like Rep. Larry Clark, who’s in his 30th year in Frankfort, Kentucky’s largest city will now experience the consequences of failing to pass telecom reform. Ironically, Clark purports to represent Louisville and yet is standing in the way of reforms that have received overwhelming bipartisan support. Clark and…

House GOP leader: ‘Political fear’dominated 2014 General Assembly

While I’m not sure that having a “lackluster” legislative session is the worst thing that could happen to taxpayers, House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, is right in noting that “political fear” dominated this year’s Kentucky General Assembly. Many important issues, including several mentioned by Hoover – telecom reform, right-to-work, prevailing wage, tax reform, the public-partnership…

Bluegrass Beacon…Enquiring Kentucky minds want to know: What’s going on in those secret budget discussions?

Lawmakers fulfilled their primary constitutional duty by agreeing on a $20.3 billion budget. Still, plenty of unanswered questions remain about the manner in which they arrived at those spending decisions: Why don’t the leaders in the House of Representatives give members more time to sufficiently consider their vote on the state budget? “When there’s doubt…